Jewish Restaurant Attacked By Arsonists In Manchester

From Manchester-Evening-News:
A restaurant in Prestwich has been torched by arsonists.

The fire service were called to JS Restaurant, on Kings Road, in the early hours of this morning.

Three fire engines, from Broughton, Whitefield and Agecroft, arrived shortly before 4am.

The fire affected the ground floor of the restaurant.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “Crews used two breathing apparatus, hose reels and a positive pressure ventilation fan to clear smoke.”

The fire service were at the scene for an hour and 15 minutes.

Greater Manchester Police are now investigating the incident.

JS Restaurant is the oldest kosher restaurant in Manchester.

A spokesman for JS Restaurant said it looks like the attackers kicked in the window and got into the premises.

They then doused the restaurant in a liquid and set it alight, similar to an arson attack at the nearby Ta’am restaurant in 2016.

It is believed a man wearing a mask approached the restaurant before the attack took place.

In a statement, the Community Security Trust, a charity which works to protect Jewish communities, said:

“We are working very closely with GMP but there is no specific information at this time to prove that the attack was or was not antisemitic and we don’t want to jump to any conclusions about
what has occurred.

“We will be sending out security advice to restaurants and shops in Greater Manchester today but this is purely precautionary”.

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